Amsterdam Bans Vacation Rentals Downtown: One In 15 Homes Already Offered On Platforms Like AirBnB

According to official information published on the city’s website, Amsterdam asked for the residents’ opinions, and 75% of the 780 participants were in favor. They allege that in these neighborhoods, “the quality of life of residents is so pressured by tourism that vacation rentals need to be banned.” Some residents have been in favor of banning them throughout the city, “but that is not feasible under current legislation and regulations,” said Laurens Ivens, Councilor for Housing.

A Measure Expandable To Other Neighborhoods

Although this measure applies to the three neighborhoods mentioned above, the city council does not rule out the possibility of expanding it to other places if necessary. An OIS report affirms that those three neighborhoods are the most affected, and from the city council, they explain that “we will investigate again in two years” and “if it turns out that other neighborhoods obtain comparable scores, we can ban other neighborhoods.”

From the city council of the capital, they affirm that the tourist rent has grown strongly in the last years and that “one of every 15 homes in Amsterdam is offered online”. They claim that the offer on “various platforms” such as Airbnb has increased five times, to the point that 25,000 ads are published per month. “This growth has increasingly negative consequences for the enjoyment of living in various neighborhoods,” they say.

Already in April of this year, Ivens let it be known that he was going to take this measure at some point. Back then, AirBnB said 95% of the homes listed on its platform are outside of these three districts, and also noted that a third of homeowners need rental income to make ends meet. According to the measure announced this week by the city of Amsterdam, as reported in the national newspaper De Telegraaf, AirBnB has exposed the following:

On the other hand, vacation rentals in the rest of the city will remain viable, as long as the owners get a license. This measure will take effect from next July 1, and, in the event that an unlicensed rental is detected, the owner will be exposed to a fine of 20,750 euros.

These houses, in addition, can not be rented more than 30 nights a year to a maximum of four people, and the house must be occupied by the tenant or owner for the rest of the year. These rules will not apply to what are known as Bed & Breakfast while operating one of these facilities already requires a permit, and district fees apply.

This move comes shortly after Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBnb, gave an interview to CNBC in which he concluded that “travel as we knew it is over.” Airbnb has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, to the point that a few weeks ago it laid off 2,000 employees, 25% of the workforce.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Skype

As is known, Skype is more than a free IP telephony program; In addition to the possibility of seeing the interlocutors through the video relay, the application stands out for a function for conferencing that supports up to 50 Skype accounts participating at the same time.

Skype also has an instant messaging service to exchange messages and files that allow you to edit the messages sent or delete them. The screen sharing function allows other users of the application to access the contents of the screen of those with whom they are communicating. With this screen transmission method, you can share images, documents, or presentations with other users. There are Skype client programs for many operating systems (macOS, Windows, Linux) and mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile). However, it can also be used as a business system solutions web application or web app in the browser (Skype for Web).

All the mentioned functions are free, although the parties need to have a Skype account to establish contact. To talk to people who do not yet have a Skype account, since Skype is connected to both the landline and land mobile networks, calls and SMS are paid, usually at a lower price, with a purchased credit in advance.

Advantage & Disadvantages

It is available for many platforms (clients for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, among others). With Skype for Web, you can also use the application as a web app through the browser (Edge or Chrome). Apart from the parties, it is unknown who else can access the contents of calls and video calls and instant messaging. Following the revelation by Edward Snowden, it emerged that Microsoft provided direct access to all kinds of Skype conversations to the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

Multiple functionalities: With the chat function, you can not only send text messages, but you can also edit or delete them. The instant messaging option also gives the possibility to exchange files (images, documents, etc.) and contacts. Also, by screen sharing, you can access the screen of other users. Weak privacy policy: Skype’s lack of security against eavesdropping is often the target of criticism. According to the platform, conversations between users are protected with the AES-256 encryption key (text messages are also protected, in part, with the TLS protocol). However, as can be deduced from Skype’s privacy policy, the relevant authorities can access the content derived from the communication (as was done in 2008 in Austria).


Due to the increase in teleworking during the coronavirus crisis, interest in virtual meetings via Zoom has grown exponentially. According to data from the company itself, in April 2020, 300 million people worldwide participated in Zoom videoconferences daily, in contrast to the 10 million participants per day in December 2019. Zoom, the first of our selection of alternatives to Skype, stands out for its premium model subscription, which offers various features at no cost. Video calls between two parties, for example, are unlimited, and if a video conference does not exceed 40 minutes in length, it supports up to 100 participants for free. The apps, with a friendly and intuitive design, are compatible with all the usual devices and operating systems today, and the organization of the meetings does not entail any difficulties. Only the organizers have to register and download the program; with a link, they can invite the rest of the participants in

Users rely on the stability of Zoom’s cloud-based infrastructure. Calls and conferences are made in HD sound and picture quality and often go without fail or drop. But data security and protection continues to garner criticism: while the company has been quick to respond to some security issues, data protection remains insufficient. In this sense, for example, it is worth mentioning that, at the moment, only point-to-point encryption is provided for paid subscriptions.…

Tesla Model 3 Against Its Competitors. To What Extent Will It Revolutionize The Market?

We have turned the corner behind which the Tesla Model 3 was hiding and as the one who does not want the thing we find the final data (and not all) while the first units of what will be the electric vehicle called to sit The foundations for the future of the automotive industry are delivered in small batches (for now).

The 500,000 units Tesla plans to put into circulation in a short period of time are going to shake up the automobile market with great force and even the foundations. Until now, the panorama of mid-range electric cars lived in relative tranquility that now, suddenly, is over.

Tesla Model 3: The Electric Revolution

At the time of its arrival on the market, it will do so with two different versions. The first is the Standard version, the version that is expected to be the most popular with a starting price of $ 35,000, a range of 354 km, acceleration of 5.6 seconds at 0-100 km / h and a maximum speed of 210 km / h.

The most promising data is that offered by the most capable variant, the Long Range. At a price of $ 44,000 (9,000 more than the Standard), Tesla offers us an electric that benefits from its best technology to achieve 499 km of theoretical autonomy, 225 km / h top speed, and 5.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h.

Far from staying in being an electric vehicle of more contained dimensions, austere and with just enough to go, two people, the Tesla Model 3 is positioned as a larger saloon than we could expect, getting fully into the C segment and placing itself at Rebuilding of cars as representative of the traditional industry as the Audi A4: 4,726 mm in length from German by 4,694 mm in American electric, a few centimeters shorter, but slightly wider, taller and with a longer wheelbase.

For its exterior dimensions, the Model 3 is positioned as a larger car in all respects than industry heavyweights such as a BMW 3 Series (4,636 mm) and, consequently, much more generous than the rest of the electric, with the exception of the Model S. Only the almost extinct and very expensive Chevrolet Volt would be able to get closer with 4,582 mm, but still, it is far away. Based on this, it is already rumored that BMW is working on an electric 3 Series to fight the latest from Tesla.

If to these promising dimensions we add Tesla’s promise that your smallest car will have higher habitability than any other car of similar dimensions we will find ourselves in a simple cabin ( very simple in reality, presided over by a huge 15-inch touch screen and little else ) but very spacious, suitable not only for daily urban commuting but also designed to be enjoyed with the family on medium journeys.…